13 Practical Things Counseling Students Learn Extracuricularly
Some of the best lessons a counseling student learns is not in any syllabus. Humbling stuff to keep us all humble.
Here are some practical things counseling students learn which they don’t always intentionally teach in class:
Anxiety is a normal dimension in the human experience, and especially in that experience known as practicum.
We’re not as “sick” as we may have feared going into this.
Did I mention the DSM-5 makes a great paperweight?
ADHD is overdiagnosed, or at least I think that’s what I heard, I wasn’t paying full attention at that moment.
Techniques and theoretical orientations are overrated, and yet they are technically or at least theoretically indispensable.
Any doubts about the widespread need for counseling services can be instantly cleared up by reading a random sample of YouTube comments.
Disagree with any? Got any to add?
(And yes, I know that extracurricularly is not a real word. But then neither was psychoanalysis or Rogerian until we all agreed to use them. Language is like that, which I learned extracurricularly.)